THURROCK Council has welcomed the Secretary of State for Health’s decision that strong local arrangements already in place mean that health services in the East of England will not be changed along local authority boundary lines.
Cllr Allen Mayes, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “We are delighted that the government has recognised that the work ongoing here in Thurrock, and indeed Essex and the wider East of England region, to ensure we have joined up health and care services means that services do not need to be reformed like they are in the majority of the rest of the country.
“I would like to thank our MP Jackie Doyle-Price and Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill, for writing to the Secretary of State and strongly selling the case for Thurrock.
“The Secretary of State’s decision means that we can continue to build on the work which has been done to create integrated care systems which see GPs, hospitals, social care and physical and mental health and well-being schemes working together in lock-step to better benefit patients and residents.
“It also means that our residents will get a continuity of care and service which could have been disrupted if reforms were forced on us without taking the local picture into account.”
In one option initially proposed by government the current Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Partnership footprint would have been re-drawn to one that was Essex county-wide. This would have created a much larger and more complex integrated care system encompassing the current North East and West Essex health partners.
A review took place and it was decided that the risks of making changes outweighed the benefits offered by maintaining the status quo, which means Thurrock residents will receive joined up hospital, GP and social care from the same organisations that are currently delivering it.